BkMk Press Books

Feet of the Messenger


By H. C. Palmer

Forthcoming Available for Pre-order Between the horrors of the Vietnam War and the pacific silences of the Kansas prairie, H. C. Palmer honors both the beauty of the English language and the ancient powers of poetry to speak ex...

The World Is One Place

Native American Poets Visit the Middle East

By Diane Glancy, Linda Rodriguez, editors

  Jim Barnes • Kimberly Blaeser • Trevino L. Brings Plenty • Natalie Diaz • Diane Glancy • Joy Harjo • Allison Hedge Coke • Travis Hedge Coke • Linda Hogan • LeAnne Howe • Bojan Lou...

The Red Hijab

By Bonnie Bolling

Poetry. Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by H. L. Hix.   Featured on The Rumpus...

Wild Things


By Jaimee Wriston Colbert

  New Collection of “Linked, Rural-Noir” Stories Depict Endangered Humans in Endangered Environments Longlisted for Chautauqua Prize The Rumpus, ...



By Robert Stewart

  These poems are moving, experienced, and, in their own hardbitten earthy way, pretty elegant. I love the way Stewart’s affection for his subject, his genuine sweetness, keeps being close-shaved by a tough, realistic sense of l...



By Rachel Hall

  Current finalist, Balcones Prize for Fiction Longlisted for the Chautauqua Priz...

Navigating a Life

Henry Bloch in World War II

By John Herron & Mary Ann Wynkoop

  Limited Edition Free shipping in the U.S.   From the Preface...

The Capital of Kansas City: Stories


By Gary Gildner

Current finalist, Foreword Reviews Award, humor Gary Gildner may be a poet at heart...but his latest collection of stories, The Capital of Kansas City, proves the poet could also be along the most subtle ...

The Grass Labyrinth: Stories

By Charlotte Holmes

Gold medalist, Independent Publisher Award (IPPY), short stories Gold Medalist, ...


Seven Poems

By Robert Stewart

Published by Woods Colt Press (BkMk Press distributor) In these seven poems the ovum...

One Blackbird at a Time


By Wendy Barker

  Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, Selected by Alice Friman  featured on Poetry Dail...

King of the Gypsies


By Lenore Myka

Winner of the BkMk Press G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, selected by Lorraine M. López. A new generation in Romania—with a few American friends—face‚Ä® communism’s ghosts with ...

The Billion-Dollar Dream


By Robert Day

Day’s characters can be hoarders, filthy, larcenous and adulterous.  But there always emerges a moral point, a discovery or self-discovery, a quick drawing of the breath at what has been revealed or irretrievably lost.  Just as Pau...

There Is Not Fashion to It

Selected Poems

By Thomas McAfee

Edited by Ted Schaefer, Tricia Schaefer, Kay Callison, Jerry Dethrow, and Greg Michalson Though he is best remembered as one of Missouri's leading authors in the 20th century, one who helped launch the...

Quiet City: Poems

By Susan Aizenberg

  Featured in Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry  Read the review in...

Drawn from Water

An American Poet, an Ethiopian Family, an Israeli Story

By Dina Elenbogen

  "This beautiful book should be required reading for anyone who cares about Israel." —Andrea Kempf, ...

Border States

By Jane Hoogestraat

Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by Luis J. Rodriguez Featured on Garrison Keiller's ...



By Evan Morgan Williams

  Winner of the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, selected by Al Young Winner of the...

Now We Can All Go Home

Three Novellas in Homage to Chekhov

By Catherine Browder

  Reviewed in ForeWord Reviews ...

Boulevard Women

By Lauren Cobb

Winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, selected by Kelly Cherry ForeWord Reviews Award, silver in short stories Chautauqua Prize...

Beauty Mark

Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry selected by Kevin Prufer

By Suzanne Cleary

  Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize, winner Paterson Poetry Prize, citat...

Last Lambs


By Bill Bauer

  Finalist, Eric Hoffer Award Reviewed in ...

The Library of Dreams

New & Selected Poems 1965-2013

By Howard Schwartz

  Reviewed in ...

Trouble Behind Glass Doors


By Walter Bargen; Mike Sleadd (cover art)

  “Trouble” is organized into three sections: the first considers the poet’s varying and ambiguous role as laureate, the second contemplates and illustrates and ludicrous nature of the phrase & whole facts,...

It Must Be Time for Something


By Crystal MacLean Field

Latest Chapbook from BkMk Press:  It Must Be Time for Something by Crystal MacLean Field.  Av...

In Someone Else's House


By Christian Barter

  Maine Literary Awards, winner, poetry Featured on PBS News Hour Weekly Poem, Verse Daily...

Kansas City Literary Events

Craig Johnson

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Kansas City, Mo.


Tracy K. Smith has been named the next U.S. Poet Laureate!

Hear poetry from her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Life on Mars, on the New Letters on the Air half-hour show or a short excerpt on KCUR before she was in Kansas City last year. Find out more about our new ambassador for poetry from NPR.


Clarion Awards Selection CD Special

Jamaica KincaidJim ShepardGloria Vando & Anika ParisLuis Alberto Urrea, and Alex George, normally $7.99 per episode, this cd collection comes with over $15.00 in savings. Downloads of these programs have been reduced and are available through our archives.